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Pet Friendly Newsletter - July, 2005

FEATURED PET QUOTES

"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!" (Theophile Gautier)

"In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat." (Warren Eckstein)

BECOMING A "FOSTER PARENT": A SECOND CHANCE FOR PETS

Animal shelters and rescue organizations are filled to overflow with homeless and abandoned pets. Sometimes pets arrive at the shelter in need of extra care before they can be made available for adoption. This is where "foster parents", or foster families, can help.

Extra care may take many forms, including:

  • physical care, such as nursing an animal back from an illness or from surgery... or special care provided to very young animals;

  • helping to socialize an animal and get it accustomed to people and to being handled;

  • taking in an animal who has suffered injury to allow it time to grow back fur, heal wounds, etc - to make it more "attractive" and thus hopefully more adoptable;

  • temporarily providing a home for a pet while its owner seeks a way out of domestic violence situations;

  • simply giving emotionally-stressed animals time to "heal".

All of these types of things help to make an animal more adoptable. It gives them another chance to find a "forever home" with a loving family.

Of course, providing foster care is not suitable for everyone. Some of the things you need to think about include the personalities of the pets you already have in your own home; the time committment; and the types of animals or animal care you're comfortable with.

Foster families are usually very much needed. If you are interested in possibly becoming a pet foster parent, contact your local humane society or pet rescue organization and ask how you can help. Our website has links to some of these organizations here.

THIS ISSUE'S FEATURED PET

Featured Pets
"As President of Big Heart Rescue, you can only imagine that I have a house full of companions that share their home with me! And so I went to go to bed one night and discovered this!"
- Gail Moerkerken (Gabriola, BC)

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